Writing Ink Timeline

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Writing ink has come a long way from the earliest known writing implements that did not even involve ink to many new and effective means of getting your ideas on paper. The timeline provides many noteworthy writing ink improvements. See when your favorites were invented.

Sharp Stone4000 BC – Sharp Stone






Feather Quill600 AD – Feather Quill Pen (water-based writing ink)









Wooden Pencil1795 – Wooden Pencil – Nicolas Conte, France









Fountain Pen Ink1884 – Fountain Pen (water-based liquid writing ink) – Lewis Waterman, New York, USA









Ball Point Pen Ink1938 – Ball Point Pen (oil-based paste writing ink) – Laszlo Jozsef Biro, Hungary









Porous Point Pen Ink1962 – Porous Point Pen (fiber/felt-tipped pen) – Yukio Horie, Tokyo, Japan









Roller Ball Pen Ink1970 – Roller Ball Pen (water-based liquid writing ink) – Pentel, Japan









Gel Pen Ink1984 – Gel Pen (water-based gel writing ink) – Sakura Color Products Corporation, Osaka, Japan









ButterGel™ Ink2001 – ButterGelTM (oil-based gel writing ink) – Chad Labs Corporation, Connecticut, USA









ButterGel Xtreme™ Ink2013 – ButterGel XtremeTM (oil-based hybrid writing ink) – Chad Labs Corporation, Connecticut, USA

 
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